Kids Career Catalog: Childhood Involvement and Development

Have you ever thought about what you want to become when you grow up? Many people think that career planning is for adults so kids don’t have to worry about it until much later. It’s not true. Whether you want to become a pilot, a doctor, a teacher, a dancer or a judge, it’s never too early to start working towards your ambition. Being involved in career planning at a young age means that you have a goal and your parents can help you achieve it by offering guidance and advice. If you want to become a doctor, you would have to develop an interest in science and other related subjects. Your parents can help you get closer to your dreams by getting books, materials, games, and other tools to increase your interest in that career. This way, you would learn more about the career and how you can grow towards it. These are some of the reasons why it’s best to plan your career with your parents as early as possible. Check out these resources to find out more about career planning.

Parent Involvement Guide and Tips

  • Role of the Parents: Presents tips for parents to help their children plan their career.
  • Explore Occupations: Explores such questions like “Why should my child explore occupations?”, “How can I help my child create a career portfolio?” and so on.
  • Helping Children Make Career Plans: An excellent guide for parents who want to get involved in their children’s career planning.
  • My Child’s Future: Offers tips and suggestions on such questions like “What types of career decisions do young people make?”, “How can I help my child progress on his or her career path?”, and more.
  • Tips for Parents: A useful guide for parents who want to help their children make their career plans.
  • Your Child’s Career: The website is specially set up for parents with tips, advice, and other resources for the purpose of planning their children’s career.

Childhood Development and Assessment

Career Awareness & Exploration

  • Career Awareness: Offers a number of career coloring pages for elementary kids like actor, office manager, pediatrician, emergency room nurse, and more.
  • Our Community of Workers: This coloring book covers such occupations like teacher, librarian, social worker, letter carrier, sanitation worker, restaurant workers, and more.
  • Career Jeopardy: A collection of Jeopardy games based on careers.
  • Career Bingo: Try these games to help children understand more about different careers.
  • Career Videos: Provides videos of careers in agriculture and construction, education and training, finance, health science, manufacturing, human services, and more.
  • California Career Videos: Offers a number of career videos categorized by sector and occupation.

Networking for Teachers and Parents

  • Career Clubs: Provides a definition, example, and model of a career club.
  • Job Hunt: A place where users can search for jobs and networking resources by state.
  • Networking & Support Groups: Resource center with information on job search support group, starting a support group, government services, networking websites, and more.
  • Community Job Club: A great place where people can find their dream job.
  • Nonprofit Jobs: Provides job postings, candidate profiles, consulting services, member list, resource links, and more.

Summer Jobs/Activities

  • Summer Job: Offers a number of suggestions for children who are looking for summer jobs.
  • Summer Camps: Find out about the various summer camps offered in Miami-Dade parks.
  • Children’s Camps: Two of the summer camps include “Young Farmers and Teen Farmers Program” and “Children’s Adventures in Horticulture”.
  • DreamMaker Kids: Excellent career day program for grade K-8 children.
  • Planning Guide: The guide provides forms, ideas, and organizational structures for planning school career days.
  • Career Day Costumes: A place to find a great variety of costumes for career day.

Fun Career List

  • A Day in the Life of a Special Agent: A fun way to find out about what a special agent does in a typical day.
  • To Be a Child Star: Is it a blessing or a curse to be a child star?
  • Greenheyes Farm: Provides information on the farm, farm machinery, farm family life, National Farmers Union, and more.
  • Animal Keeper: An interview with Juan Rodriguez who works as an animal keeper at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
  • Famous Artists: Offers information on famous artists like Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul Klee, and more.
  • Pilot: A look at a day in the life of a pilot.
  • Doctors: Explains what it takes to become a doctor.
  • Fifth Grade Teacher: Describes a typical day in the life of a fifth grade teacher.
  • Firefighter: Provides information on a day in the life of a firefighter.
  • Police Officers & Staff: Discover what the day holds for the police force from Assistant Chief Constable to Project Support Officer.
  • Senior Technical Writer: Lynda Sereno answers questions about her job.
  • Nurse: Discusses a day in the life of a nurse.

Additional Resources